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2009 NHL Power Rankings: Week 9
A tonne of movement for week 9 in the NHL Power Rankings with all but four teams moving spots. However, despite all the movement, the top 3 of San Jose, Pittsburgh and Washington stayed the same with New Jersey jumping into the top 5.
The biggest loser in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Florida Panthers dropping a staggering 5 spots to end up at #28. After making a push for the playoffs last year people looked to the young Panthers team to get off to a decent start this season but so far they’ve disappointed and are running out of time to make up ground in the competitive Eastern Conference.
The biggest gainer in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins both climbing up 5 spots to land at #13 and #14 respectively. The Predators were a wild card coming into the season and so far they’ve solidified themselves as legit playoff contenders as they sit second in the central division. The Bruins on the other hand were expected to compete with Pittsburgh and Washington for top spot in the East but so far have disappointed but have shown signs in the last few games of turning things around.
Lets take a look at the rest of the league: NHL POWER RANKINGS for week 9.
|1||18-6-4||-||Click Here to check out Rob Blake acting as a doctor for San Jose’s latest TV commercial.|
|2||18-9-0||-||Sidney Crosby finally got things going last week collecting 5 goals and 3 assists for 8 points, good enough to earn 1st Star honors.|
|3||15-5-6||-||Things should get interesting as the team will likely be without Alexander Ovechkin again either due to injury or suspension after his knee-on-knee hit to Tim Gleason.|
|4||17-6-1||3||Martin Brodeur‘s middle name must be Merlot because like a fine wine he appears to be getting better with age. Last week Brodeur posted a 0.97 GAA and .963 SAV% in his three victories which got him the 2nd star of the week honors.|
|5||16-6-3||1||Are on a nice little roll winning their last three games in a row.|
|6||16-6-3||1||Enjoyed finally having Marian Hossa in their lineup as he has two goals in his first three games as a Blackhawk.|
|7||14-8-5||1||Rookie Matt Duchene has started to become more comfortable in the NHL as he has three points in his last 5 games.|
|8||14-7-2||2||Have started to play some solid hockey again outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 9-3 in their last two wins.|
|9||15-11-1||2||Mikkel Boedker is making a case to stay with the big club as he has two points in his first two games since being recalled from the AHL on Friday.|
|10||15-10-2||3||Won two games last week and it appears that Ryan Smyth may be closer to returning than people thought.|
|11||13-10-1||2||Struggling as of late losing back-to-back games including a 1-0 loss to the Thrashers.|
||12-9-4||4||Riding a 5 game losing streak heading into week 10 and lost defenceman Rostislav Klesla to injury during their game against the Blues.|
|13||15-9-1||5||Unfortunately saw their 7 game winning streak come to an end but rebounded the next day with a solid 4-1 win over the Panthers.|
|14||13-8-5||5||Tough guy Milan Lucic just can’t stay healthy as the team has lost him for what appears to be another month after sustaining a high-ankle sprain against the Wild.|
|15||12-9-4||3||Were able to snap their three game losing streak with a 4-3 shootout win over the Blues.|
|16||13-12-1||2||Despite the Rangers up and down start Marian Gaborik has been consistently on fire since the first game of the season as he now has 37 points in 25 games.|
|17||13-7-4||2||Mike Fisher continues to carry a hot stick as he has 7 points in his last 5 games.|
|18||12-7-7||2||Good week for the Stars as they beat the Hurricanes 2-0 and the Lightning 4-3 in overtime.|
|19||13-7-3||3||Have been lead by talented young goaltender Ondrej Pavelec as he’s collected three wins and two shutouts in his last 5 games.|
|20||10-6-8||4||Despite getting some solid play out of guys like Steven Stamkos, Ryan Malone and Antero Niittymaki the Lightning have lost three of their last 5 games.|
|21||14-12-0||4||Kyle Wellwood finally scored his first goal of the season in the Canucks win over the Kings Thursday night.|
|22||12-12-2||2||Had a big win over the Blue Jackets that saw defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron score two goals.|
|23||10-10-7||2||Click Here to vote for the Islanders goal song. Make sure it’s a wise choice as with the young talented group of forwards they have on the island there’s a good chance you’ll be hearing it often.|
|24||10-11-4||3||Saw their three game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Coyotes Sunday night.|
|25||10-13-4||4||Things couldn’t get much worse for the Oilers right now as they’ve lost talented winger Ales Hemsky for the rest of the season and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin remains on the IR.|
|26||10-9-5||-||Click Here to check out David Perron‘s highlight reel goal that still has people talking about it in St.Louis.|
|27||10-12-3||1||Scored two big back-to-back wins over the Avalanche as the Wild appear to be heading in the right direction after a terrible start to the season.|
|28||10-11-4||5||Have lost their last 4 games in a row. If there’s a silver lining it’s Michael Frolik as the young forward has 5 points in his last 5 games.|
|29||6-11-7||1||Good week for both the Leafs and forward Niklas Hagman as he potted 5 goals which was good enough for him to earn 3rd star honors.|
|30||5-16-5||1||To try and put a positive spin on things we’ll give you a link for a nice little piece on Hurricanes promising prospect Drayson Bowman.|
Be sure to check back next week with our NHL Power Rankings for Week 10.